Auctioneers

The auction process is a key part of the secondary art and antiques market.

Firms of auctioneers usually specialise in a number of fields such as jewellery, ceramics, paintings, Asian art or coins but many also hold general sales where the goods available are not defined by a particular genre and are usually lower in value.

Auctioneers often provide other services such as probate and insurance valuations.

Drawing by Dame Barbara Hepworth

Pick of the week: Hepworth’s gift to friend Barns-Graham

08 November 2021

Connecting two of Britain’s leading 20th century female artists, a pencil drawing by Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903-75) given to Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004) as a wedding present was the highlight of Lyon & Turnbull’s recent auction of works from the latter’s collection.

Vietnamese headdress

Vietnamese headdress makes 1000-times guide

08 November 2021

Multi-estimate sums are not confined to Chinese works of art.

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Spider-Man flies high at Heritage

08 November 2021

Spider-Man became the most expensive comic book superhero in a Heritage (20% buyer’s premium) sale this autumn.

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Record for the elusive Cayley Robinson is smashed as train journey work takes £95,000

08 November 2021

In 2010 The National Gallery held the first exhibition of works by Frederick Cayley Robinson (1862-1927) in the UK for 30 years.

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Rise of Indonesian modern art as Raden Saleh work appears at Daguerre

08 November 2021

On December 2 at Drouot, auction house Daguerre is selling a painting by Raden Saleh (1811-80), the first modern Indonesian painter of the 19th century.

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‘Surprizing’ Crusoe result in Oxford

08 November 2021

Top lot in a sale held by Mallams (25% buyer’s premium) of Oxford was a 1719-20, first edition set of 'The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe…', 'The Farther Adventures…' and 'The Serious Reflections…' in later but very smart bindings of red morocco gilt by Francis Bedford of London.

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Lantern clock to Chew on

08 November 2021

A clockmaking industry thrived in the Chew Valley of Somerset in the second half of the 17th century.

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Handy if you have pressing concerns

08 November 2021

If you wanted to keep the strings of a tennis racket taut, you could do with a tennis racket press – a device consisting of a frame closed by a spring mechanism.

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Man of many talents Cocteau shines in Paris sale

08 November 2021

One of the first sales held by Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) in its new Paris rooms was devoted to works by Jean Cocteau (1889- 1963).

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Football lots in Sheffield and Chippenham keep with the programme

08 November 2021

Before match programmes grew into the glossy mini-magazines of today they were relatively simple affairs – most just a single sheet printed on both sides.

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Stan Anderson’s unusual hat-trick

08 November 2021

Stan Anderson (1934-2018) was a north-eastern football stalwart playing as captain for a hat-trick of local clubs.

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De Morgan masterpieces find fresh fans

08 November 2021

William De Morgan considered pieces from the Moonlight and Sunset Suite made in the early 1890s to be his very best work.

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From £3.50 to £1000 – car boot Edwardian table tennis bat pings its way to auction success

08 November 2021

A humble table tennis bat bought at a car boot sale in Surrey for £3.50 served up a surprise at Hansons’ (25% buyer’s premium) London monthly auction on September 25.

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Cycling gears up at auction

08 November 2021

A group of “rare and interesting” 20th century cycling ephemera relating primarily to the Olympic Games offered by Catherine Southon (20% buyer’s premium) came from the collection of cycling journalist David Taylor (1937-2020).

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Henry Scott Tuke watercolour and fashion designs for Princess Anne are among five lots to watch

08 November 2021

With estimates from £150-12,000 here are five previews of upcoming items.

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Dowland’s composition for the lute proves key at Sotheby's

08 November 2021

Relating to perhaps the most famous of all compositions for the lute, a version of John Dowland’s 'Lachrimae pavane' proved a major attraction in a music sale held by Sotheby’s (26/20/13.9% buyer’s premium).

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Gilbert Ledward sculpture awakened at Bonhams

08 November 2021

Among Gilbert Ledward’s (1880-1960) most admired works is the sensuous nude, 'Awakening' or 'The Awakening', that today stands in Ropers Garden on the Chelsea Embankment.

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Never on a pitch, but Best and Beckham meet in the saleroom

08 November 2021

Derbyshire auction house Hansons (25% buyer’s premium) sold memorabilia this summer worn by two Manchester United favourites of different eras: George Best and David Beckham.

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Personal desk of designer Lafon offered at Tajan

08 November 2021

The personal desk set of the artist/decorator Paul Dupré Lafon (1900-71) will feature in the sale of Decorative Arts to be held by Tajan on November 23.

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England cap won by later World Cup-winning boss

08 November 2021

An England blue velvet and silver braid cap awarded to Sir Alfred Ramsey sold for a mid-estimate £3400 at Lacy Scott & Knight (22.5% buyer’s premium) in Bury St Edmunds.

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